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Best of 2013: individual contributors' lists

You’ve taken in the collective best of 2013 lists – here are our contributors’ individual picks of the year that was.

For more end of year mayhem, check out:
– The 50 Best Albums of 2013
– The 100 Best Tracks of 2013
– The 50 Best Reissues of 2013
– The 10 Best Record Labels of 2013
– The 30 Best Album Covers of 2013
– The 30 Worst Album Covers of 2013

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John Twells

Albums
01. Kevin Gates – The Luca Brasi Story / Stranger Than Fiction
02. Logos – Cold Mission
03. Rome Fortune – Beautiful Pimp
04. Kanye West – Yeezus
05. Oneohtrix Point Never – R Plus 7
06. Autechre – Exai
07. Young Thug – 1017 Thug
08. Dean Blunt – The Redeemer
09. Colleen – The Weighing of the Heart
10. Gucci Mane – Trap House III
11. Drake – Nothing Was The Same
12. Sky Ferreira – Night Time, My Time
13. Omar S – Thank You For Letting Me Be Myself
14. TREE – Sunday School II
15. Miley Cyrus – Bangerz

Tracks:
01. Rocko – U.O.E.N.O.
02. Miley Cyrus – Drive
03. Kevin Gates – Strokin’
04. Sophie – BIPP
05. Mssingno – XE2
06. Zedd – Clarity
07. Lil Durk – Dis Ain’t What U Want
08. LoKey – I Don’t Luv Her (ft. King Louie)
09. Demdike Stare – Primitive Equations
10. Young Scooter – Colombia
11. Young Thug – Stoner
12. Spenzo – Heaven Can Wait
13. Flava D – Hold On
14. Migos – Versace
15. Ciara – Body Party

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Chris Kelly:

Albums:
01. Kanye West – Yeezus
02. Kelela – CUT 4 ME
03. Beyoncé – Beyoncé
04. Sky Ferreira – Night Time, My Time
05. Chance the Rapper – Acid Rap
06. Autre Ne Veut – Anxiety
07. Kevin Gates – The Luca Brasi Story
08. Nine Inch Nails – Hesitation Marks
09. Various – Feathers EP
10. Total Freedom – Wrong Choice Mixfile for Versus Tokyo

Tracklist:
01. Ciara – Body Party
02. Kingdom ft. Kelela – Bank Head
03. Future Brown – Wanna Party
04. Richelle – Circular Motions 2025
05. Lil Durk – Dis Ain’t What U Want
06. Beyoncé – Flawless
07. Fat Trel – Niggaz Dying
08. Tink – When I’m Lit (The GTW Rework)
09. Vissacoor – Spectral Evidence
10. Miley Cyrus – We Can’t Stop

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Chal Ravens:

Albums:
01. Dean Blunt – The Redeemer
02. Galcher Lustwerk – 100% Galcher
03. Lil Ugly Mane – Three Sided Tape Vol. 1
04. James Holden – The Inheritors
05. Grumbling Fur – Glynnaestra
06. Sky Ferreira – Night Time My Time
07. Laurel Halo – Chance of Rain
08. Kelela – Cut 4 Me
09. Chance The Rapper – Acid Rap
10. These New Puritans – Field Of Reeds

Top 5 cunnilingus references of 2013:
01. Beyonce – Blow
02. Ciara – Read My Lips
03. Kelly Rowland – Kisses Down Low
04. Gangsta Boo – Pussy Taste Like Kush
05. Fat Trel – Wowzers

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Joseph Morpurgo

Albums:
01. Galcher Lustwerk – 100% Galcher
02. Burial – Rival Dealer
03. Mike Ratledge – Riddles Of The Sphinx (reissue)
04. Dean Blunt – The Redeemer
05. Sky Ferreira – Night Time, My Time
06. Stellar OM Source – Joy One Mile
07. House In The Woods – Bucolica
08. Woo – Whichever Way You’re Going, You Are Going Wrong (reissue)
09. Dwight Sykes – Songs Vol. 1 (reissue)
10. Watch Repair – Stopped Clock Chimes

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Tom Lea

Bawlers:
MssingNo – XE2
Strictface – In Evergreen
Sky Ferreira – 24 Hours
King Louie – Jeep Music
JT the Goon – Twin Warriors (Rabit Remix)

Brawlers:
Neana – Bow Kat
Mumdance & Novelist – Take Time
Slackk – Failed Gods
Classified – Say To You
Scotty Boy & Lorenzo – Coke Diet

…and Bastards: 
Gucci Mane – Hell Yes
Kanye West – Yeezus
Lil Ugly Mane – Three Sided Tape Vol. 1
Ka – The Night’s Gambit
Miley Cyrus – Bangerz

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Angus Finlayson

Top Ten Emotional Bangers 2013
(Ten tear duct ticklers for the dancefloor connoisseur):
Terekke – Amaze
White Material – Put On
Joey Anderson – Press Play
Even Tuell & Midnightopera – B2 (from Workshop Special 02)
Jam City – 500 Years
Cloudface – Otcho
Axel Boman – Can’t Find It
Anthony Naples – Busy Signal
Ivvvo – Darkness In My Soul
Vaib-R – About Freedom

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Josh Hall

Albums:
Galcher Lustwerk – 100% Galcher
Run The Jewels – Run The Jewels
Kyle Hall – The Boat Party
Katy Perry – Prism
Heatsick – Re-Engineering
Rashad Becker – Traditional Music Of Notional Species Vol. 1
Mark Ernestus Presents Jeri-Jeri – 800 Per Cent Ndagga
Marcos Valle – Previsao do Tempo (reissue)
Pharaoh Sanders – Elevation (reissue)
Danny Brown – Old

Tracks:
Future Brown ft Tink – Wanna Party
Run The Jewels – A Christmas Fucking Miracle
Move D – To The Disco 77
Holden – The Caterpillar’s Intervention
Katy Perry – Birthday
Kirin J Callinan – Embracism
Mix Mup – After The Job
Galcher Lustwerk – Put On
DJ Koze – Magical Boy
Kode9 – Uh

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Laurent Fintoni

Albums:
Shigeto – No Better Time Than Now
Om Unit – Threads 
Sweatson Klank – You, Me, Temporary 
Jonwayne – Rap Album One
Earl Sweatshirt – Doris
Chance The Rapper – Acid Rap
Run The Jewels – Run The Jewels 
Young Echo – Nexus
Yosi Horikawa – Vapor
Almighty Sion – The Beat Generation

10 tracks and other things that made 2013 good:
Pusha T – Numbers On The Board
Mark Pritchard – Soundboy Fuck Off
Dbridge – Plain To See
Chesslo Junior – YYXKK (SwamiMillion remix)
Lewis James ft Dolor – Midnight
Dirg Gerner – Vicious Cycle
Aja Monet’s poetry
Everything by Kahn and JABU
Low End Theory London show
Machinedrum London launch party and every Houseshoes Boiler Room set

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Joe Muggs

Albums:
Shy One – Bedknobs & Boom Kicks
Professor Genius – Hassan 
Pascal Pinon – Twosomeness
FaltyDL – Hardcourage
Aleph – Fourteen Dreams Per Night
Ras_G – Back on the Planet
Jessy Lanza – Pull My Hair Back
Om Unit – Threads
Juana Molina – Wed 21
Karl Hyde – Edgeland
Special Request – Soul Music
Colleen – The Weighing of the Heart
Satelliti – Transister
Livity Sound – Livity Sound
Thundercat – Apocalypse
Swindle – Long Live The Jazz
Daft Punk – Random Access Memories
The Memory Band – On The Chalk (Our Navigation Of The Line Of The Downs)
Chance The Rapper – Acid Rap

Compilations:
Mosaic Vol 2 – EXIT
Bosconi Stallions – Bosconi
Acid Rain – Harmless
This is how We Roll  – Various, Keysound
Footsie – King Original – Braindead Entertainment
Future Foundations – 2nd Drop
Ruff Sqwad White Label Classics – No Hats No Hoods
Tectonic Plates Vol 4 – Tectonic
Grime 2.0 – Big Dada *ahem ahem ahem*

Tracks:
The Bug – Dirty
Tessela – Nancy’s Pantry
Coki – Bedouins
letthemusicplay feat. Kate Tempest – Our Town
Kromestar – Rhythm on my Mind
Special Request – Mindwash
DJ Rashad – Rollin
Julio Bashmore vs Kowton – Mirror Song
Theo Parrish – Day Like This
Bloom – Maze Temple
Flava D – Hold On
Champion – Prince Jammy / Hydra Island
Hubie Davison – I Won’t Be There
Nightwave – Luxor
Sam Binga – AYO
Fantastic Mr Fox – The Trap
Rabit – Double Dragons
Slackk – Minor Triads
Commodo – $pace Cash
Altered Natives – Beastly gHAstly
Mr Mitch – Suave EP
Friction & Skream – Kingpin ft Scrufizzer P Money & Riko Dan

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Sophie Kindreich

Albums:
Ciara – Ciara
Matti Baybee – Young Legend Shanell – Midnight Mimosas
Migos – YRN
Kevin Gates – The Luca Brasi Sory
Kelela – Cut 4 Me
Selena Gomez – Stars Dance
Young Thug – 1017 Thug
Ty$ – Beach House 2
Drake – NWTS

Tracks:
Future Brown ft. Tink – Wanna Party
Mssingno – XE2
Tink – Fight It
MKS – Lay Down In Swimming Pools
Ciara – Body Party (Supraman’s Happy Hardcore Candy Rave remix)
Rihanna ft Young Jeezy, Rick Ross, Juicy J & T.I. – Pour It Up remix
Edai – Turn Up
Mavado ft. Karian Sang – Take It
Yung Nation – Shawty Wassup (Strict Face remix)
Kode9 – Uh

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Brad Rose

Albums:
01. Roly Porter – Life Cycle of a Massive Star
02. Gucci Mane – Trap House 3
03. Paul Jebanasam – Rites
04. Joachim Nordwall – Soul Music
05. TM404 – s/t
06. Rome Fortune – Beautiful Pimp
07. Cream Juice – Man Feelings 
08. Tree – Sunday School II
09. Theo Parrish – Black Jazz Signature
10. Young Thug – 1017 Thug

Tracks:
01. Gucci Mane – Hell Yes
02. Zebra Katz – Y I Do
03. Rustie – Slasherr
04. Young Thug – Dead Fo Real
05. Koreless – Sun
06. Blood Orange – You’re Not Good Enough
07. Yves De Mey – Box Caisson
08. Powell – Fizz
09. Demdike Stare – Collision
10. Captain Murphy – Between Villains

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Alex Macpherson

Albums:
01. Dawn Richard – Goldenheart
02. Kacey Musgraves – Same Trailer Different Park
03. Ariana Grande – Yours Truly
04. Brandy Clark – 12 Stories
05. Miley Cyrus – Bangerz
06. M.I.A. – Matangi
07. K. Michelle – Rebellious Soul
08. 2 Chainz – B.O.A.T.S. II: Me Time
09. Amel Larrieux – Ice Cream Everyday
10. Creep – Echoes

Tracks:
01. Mariah Carey ft. Miguel – #Beautiful
02. Bunji Garlin ft. Nigel Rojas – Differentology
03. Sevyn Streeter – It Won’t Stop
04. Lady Gaga ft. R. Kelly – Do What U Want
05. Mutya Keisha Siobhan – Lay Down In Swimming Pools
06. Shanell – Catch Me At The Light
07. Tiffany Evans – 143 (I Love You)
08. Gorgon City ft. Yasmin – Real
09. Mafikizolo ft. Uhuru – Khona
10. FCL – It’s You (MK Mix)

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Simon Hampson

Favourite slabs of vinyl:
Timothy J. Fairplay and Matilda – Xylophone
Circuit, Burns and Hawk – From the Legal Pad Of…
Coyote – Glide Time
Jamie Paton – Bizarre Feeling
Sasac – All Pleasures
Raudive – Traffic
Phantom Love – s/t
Tornado Wallace – Thinking Allowed
Black Merlin – Salute to the Light
Isolee – Allowance

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Ruaridh Law

Albums:
Tropic of Cancer – Restless Idylls
Stephan Mathieu – The Falling Rocket
Cosmin TRG – Gordian
Kareem – Porto Ronco
Roly Porter – Life Cycle of a Massive Star
The Stranger – Watching Dead Empires in Decay
Violetshaped – Violetshaped
Tim Hecker – Virgins
Vatican Shadow – It Stands to Conceal (Special Edition)
Mogwai – Les Revenants Soundtrack

Tracks:
Objekt – Agnes Demise
HTRK – Poison (Mika Vainio Remix)
Ike Yard – Half a God (Tropic of Cancer and Regis Remixes)
Regis – Blood Witness (Version)
Demdike Stare – Primitive Equations
Floorplan – Eelipse
Sensate Focus – 2X
Diamond Version – Live Young
Special Request – Broken Dreams
Mike Parker – Full Moon in Winter

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Joe Moynihan

Tracks:
01. Mssingno – XE2
02. Joe – Slope
03. Emma – Dream Phone VIP
04. Jon Hopkins – Abandon Window
05. Oneohtrix Point Never – Chrome Country
06. Moleskin – Pulskimo
07. Randomer – Bring
08. Murlo – Last Dance
09. Koreless – Ivana
10. JT the Goon – Grime Orchestra

Albums:
01. Emma – Blue Gardens
02. Oneohtrix Point Never – R Plus Seven 
03. Akkord – Akkord 
04. Arca – &&&&& 
05. Kyary Pamyu Pamyu – Nanda Collection 
06. Slackk – Minor Triads 
07. Tim Hecker – Virgins 
08. Kanye West – Yeezus
09. Logos – Cold Mission 
10. Hav Lyfe – Hav Lyfe 

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Maya Kalev

Albums:
Chance The Rapper – Acid Rap 
Deafheaven – Sunbather 
Tim Hecker – Virgins
Galcher Lustwerk – 100% Galcher
Kevin Gates – Stranger than Fiction 
Grouper – The Man Who Died In His Boat
Paul Jebanasam – Rites 
Laurel Halo – Chance of Rain
Julia Holter – Loud City Song 
Ka – The Night’s Gambit 
Roly Porter – Life Cycle Of A Massive Star 
Stellar OM Source – Joy One Mile 
Earl Sweatshirt – Doris
Young Thug – 1017 Thug 
Wolf Eyes – No Answer: Lower Floors 

Trax:
Bandshell – Landfill & Perc (can’t choose)
Demdike Stare – Collision
Kevin Gates – 4.30 AM
Kowton – TFB
Migos – Versace (not the Drake remix)
Mumdance & Logos – In Reverse
Pete Gordon with Gabriel Gurnsey & Nik Colk Void – Beachcombing
Planningtorock – Misogyny Drop Dead
Powell – Oh No New York
Slackk – Silk Robe

Live:
Oren Ambarchi performing ‘Knots’ with Joe Talia and the Sinfonietta Cracowia at Unsound
Emptyset at Donau Festival
Nils Frahm at St John’s Church
Charanjit Singh at Field Day
Kuedo at Berghain
Sunn O))) at CTM
Swans at Koko
Pete Swanson (all)
Ben UFO DJ sets (all)
Wolf Eyes at Corsica Studios

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Steve Shaw

Albums:
Rene Hell – Vanilla Call Option 
Dalglish – Niaiw Ot Vile
The Siege Of Troy – The Siege Of Troy
Beyoncé – Beyoncé
Laurel Halo – Chance Of Rain
Three Chairs – Demi Gods 
Theo Parrish – Dance of the Medusa 
Mark Schreiber – Crossarc Chute
Charles Cohen – A Retrospective Of Early Works 1978 – 1989 (all three)
Kanye West – Yeezus

Tracks:
Vester Koza – Maslo 03 A
Rocko – U.O.E.N.O.
Visionist – Pain
Logos – Seawolf (Bonus beats: Slackk – Oi Logos)
Special Request – Capsules (Lee Gamble Mix)
Terekke – Piano
Pusha T – Numbers On The Boards
Alias G – 3XG Anthem
King Louie – Jeep Music
Tomas More – Break O Dawn (Madteo A Cracker’s Dawn Fascion House Mix)

Bonus:
WANDA GROUP – Everything he’s released this year. The lad’s just unstoppable.

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